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World of Warcraft’s Arena World Championship will return for the Shadowlands Season 2 Circuit beginning on July 31. A global prize pool of $160,000 will be at stake.
Where to watch and how it works
The Arena World Championship will be livestreamed on YouTube. Esports fans can tune in over on the official World of Warcraft YouTube channel to watch all of the action.
The top 16 teams across both North America and Europe will be featured on the channel starting on July 31. There will be four weeks of round-robin matches, with the top four World of Warcraft teams of each region earning a place in the Shadowlands 2021 grand finals and a chance at the $300,000 prize pool.
Competing World of Warcraft teams
Season 2 will feature the top six teams from the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Season 1 Circuit. The top two teams from the Relegation Cup will join them.
For the Europe region, teams Badluckbones and MyWay secured a place in the upcoming tournament. As for North America, the top two teams are Borngood retirement fund and Shadow Word: Chicken.
|Skill Capped EU – Season 1 Champions||Method NA – Season 1 Champions|
|Ad Hoc Gaming||Borngood retirement fund|
|Method EU||Hamsters and Hares|
|MyWay||Shadow Word: Chicken|
|Reload Esports||TBD (formerly OTK)|
Arena World Championship predictions
Each World of Warcraft team will compete within the Shadowlands: The Chains of Domination update. Casters for the Arena World Championship shared their thoughts on the tournament based on their experience within the Public Test Realm.
“I am incredibly excited for patch 9.1! With new honor talents as well as changes to existing ones, we’re in for a real shake-up in the meta,” Elliot “Venruki” Venczel said.
Venruki added how new compositions and class specializations can be adopted by the competing teams for an edge. Similar to Venruki, Mohamed “Ziqo” Beshir noted excitement for the new honor talents. Meanwhile, Sid “Supatease” Compston said he anticipates Assassin Rogues, Feral Druids and Death Knights to be competitive.
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!